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The Weather Inside Is Frightful


Posted by Eliza Williams, 6 June 2011, 16:40    Permalink    Comments (11)

Australian creative collective The Glue Society has unveiled its latest artwork, made for the second Sculpture By The Sea festival in Aarhus, Denmark. The work, titled I Wish You Hadn't Asked, consists of a large house, where it rains on the inside...

The installation follows other artworks by the collective, including God's Eye View, a series of images showing biblical events reimagined in Google Earth. They also previously exhibited a striking sculpture of a melting ice cream van in the Australian Sculpture By The Sea festival, which happens annually in Sydney.

The house in I Wish You Hadn't Asked was built in Sydney and then shipped to Denmark for the festival. It rains 200 litres of water every minute within, and the public are encourage to enter with a raincoat, although they are free to brave it without. Artist James Dive of the Glue Society says the work is "about that moment in a relationship when something is said, or done, that can't be taken back. And the rot sets in."

The rot will undoubtedly set in within the artwork too during the duration of the Sculpture By The Sea festival, which runs for a month. This is an intended aspect of the piece, and The Glue Society will continue to document the installation as it disintegrates. "This is just the start," says Dive, "over the next month the house will slowly transform into an uncomfortable, hostile environment. The house should become somewhere you'd rather not be."

More info on the Sculpture By The Sea festival is online at The photographs featured here are by Nicolai Lorenzen.



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i like it
2011-06-07 08:48:35

i would like to drop everything and go there now.
david janes
2011-06-07 09:51:38

wow!amazed!!!! such a glorious idea! i wish I could try it and have a walk in this rainy house!!! great work!
2011-06-07 11:07:03

Its a brilliant idea, I would love to see how rotten it is at the end of the month.
2011-06-07 11:48:30

The concept is very impressive. I wish you could also document it here in your site so that we could see how it gradually rots. :)
2011-06-07 14:13:25

@ Joe; @ Calli

James Dive is going to send some images over showing how the work degrades, so I will post these on the blog in a few weeks.
CR ElizaWilliams
2011-06-07 15:15:55

Wow! I wonder: Are they pumping the water in from the sea itself?
2011-06-07 16:35:25

I understand its artistic purpose, but i think its a shame that they would destroy the property instead of housing those in need.
2011-06-07 16:54:47

The "room" inside the zone Tarkovsky's "Stalker"? A direct quote or unconcious?
2011-06-07 18:48:25

As a homeless person I would be more than happy reading this crap. But unfortunately, homeless people rather don't have internet access... Shame on you those who get excited because of a house which we all know will destroy itself in a near future. Is this an art or a sick imagination?
2011-06-08 10:40:00

you might head over to the saatchi, have a lie down in Tracy Emin's bed.
david janes
2011-06-08 11:57:54

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